Your precious fluff: pretty, lovable, glorified poop catchers.
We (cloth moms) spend a ton of money on diapers. Especially when it comes to “hard to find” and “limited edition” prints ( I’m guilty).
You do not want to risk messing them up repairing and you do not want to send them to anyone who could possibly ruin them, right? Yeah girl, I know! So if you decided to hire a cloth diaper repair specialist, I’m going to help you select a good one and maybe tell you why you shouldn’t DIY your diapers.
1. Changing elastics are more complex than you think. Using the wrong size elastics than designed for the diaper can make them wear out quicker and not get the function the diaper was made for. For instance, using a 1/4″ elastics in a GroVia diaper will probably be okay, but the casing is not designed for that size and the diaper functions properly with the RIGHT size. Plus, they wear out quicker. Not only are right size elastics a big deal, getting into the diaper is a huge thing. Tacking down elastics by hand doesn’t allow it to stay good because they usually break free from tiny little stitches.
2. Closing and opening a diaper is simple… yet complex. The elastic casing is not where you open a GroVia. I will repeat myself, THIS IS NO WHERE YOU OPEN A DIAPER! (Like the picture above) Opening here and hand stitching closed makes it difficult for diaper repairs to complete it the proper way. I usually have to take the whole casing out, old stitches out, and completely sew the diaper like the factory did (which adds a lot more work and a lot more time to repairs.) When I fix the diaper and close the elastic casing back up, you may have holes where it wasn’t done right. And we all know holes can cause leaks. Small holes like stitching aren’t a big deal BUT when you have to thick of thread stitching, it’s bad. I recently had to add scrap PUL to the seams of the casing so the diaper didn’t leak from a terrible repair job. Otherwise, it was trash because it wasn’t repaired right.
And check out this next picture! It was zig-zag stitched closed! And stitching like this just ruins your pretty diaper!
3. Snap conversions are not that easy. There’s placements for each diaper. It’s also in the design from the company. Not all diapers are the same or there weren’t be so many brands. The GroVia diapers have to be opened in order to put snaps in. And when someone wants to fix the awful conversion, it takes more PUL fabric (and time) for the repairer in order to fix the mess. Not to mention, it devalues the diaper if someone does it wrong. And even though these beauties got fixed, the holes from the snaps are still in the mesh liner and will be.
After (with new PUL top and custom snaps placed the right way and between the layers):
So with all of this handy dandy information, I’ve decided to offer a FREE information sheet for those of you looking for a cloth diaper repair specialist. It gives you the questions to be asking when seeking someone to repair your diapers. If it were my diapers getting repaired by another person, they should be able to provide answers to these questions before I would consider them to work on my awesome fluff.